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Plot Summary: Episode IIII
Stealing from Saturn


Scene 1: The opening scene starts with a campsite and someone screaming in the background. A man is hanging upside down being whipped in front of the tents. Inside the tents, Pompey is sitting with his henchmen, Cicero and Brutus, among others, saying they will soon be in Capua. Quintus, Pompey’s ‘natural’ son enters the tent after he stopped beating the hanging man, complaining that he would not confess. He says that Durio was killed and that the gold was taken by Caesar’s men. Pompey’s men fled, but Pompey claims from a source in the city that Caesar has not gotten the gold yet. Quintus says that his source, Vulpe, always gets the right answer and Pompey orders Quintus to find Caesar’s scouts. Outside, the hanging man was killed. Pompey says that without gold, Caesar must turn to violence; and with violence, he will lose the people; and “without the people, Caesar is nothing.”

Scene 2: Soldiers march through the side streets of the relatively empty city. The town crier says that martial law is in effect and anyone who breaks the curfew will be charged and taken to court. Caesar, dressed in a toga, walks with some soldiers to the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus. Priests are outside chanting as Caesar walks through the temple. Once inside, he asks that auguries be taken so that Rome might know that the gods are in favor of his actions. The priest mentions the fact that Caesar entered the city with arms and that this usually isn’t a good sign. Caesar explains that the gods know that his intentions are peaceful and that the people must also know this. The priest agrees to have auguries taken on the first clear morning and lastly adds, “Let the birds fly where they may.”

Scene 3: Posca, a messenger, passing by some anti-Caesar graffiti, arrives at the house of Atia and explains to Castor Caesar’s preferences for the dinner party his niece will be throwing them. They talk about the honor bestowed on Atia as the hostess of Caesar’s party and ponder the thought if Caesar will kill any of the important guests present.

Scene 4: Atia, pampered by her slaves, goes over Caesar’s guest list and is upset that Servilia is on it. She is determined to not let Servilia get in the way of her beneficial relationship with Caesar. She walks over to her bed where Mark Antony lays. Atia wakes him up and asks in a disgusted manner why Servilia is invited. Groggy and annoyed, he explains that she is invited on account of her son, Brutus. Atia realizes that Caesar needs to keep Brutus on his side for political reasons. Mark Antony yells at her to leave him alone to sleep.

Scene 5: In the kitchen, some slaves put together a meal of goat testicles that is delivered to Octavian, who is eating with his mother. Octavia watches them through some plants. Atia insists he eats the dish because she is not approving of his recent feminine behavior and wants him to become more masculine. Distracted, Atia gives orders about the meal for the party to a slave, but soon returns to Octavian, making sure he eats them. He is not pleased. Octavia comes out of the bushes and asks her brother if their mother had her ex-husband Glabius killed. He says no, but he says he does not know for sure. Octavia says that if Atia did have him killed, she says she will “open her throat by my teeth.”

Scene 6: A young girl switches figurines at a small Janus shrine and runs away through the city. Finally, she returns to her mother Niobe. Lucius Vorenus tells the caterer about his plans for a dinner feast before the opening of his business, despite the man saying it was not a good day. He tells him that Caesar is not Sulla, and that the martial law is for keeping the peace, not spilling blood. At their altar to Janus, Lucius Vorenus, Niobe, and their daughter pray. One of Mark Antony’s men, Cato, approaches them and says that Mark Antony wants to see Lucius Vorenus. Vorenus meets Mark Antony as a slave is stirigiling him outside. After some small talk about his civilian life, misplaced republican ideals, and future business, Mark Antony says he and Caesar need him. If he comes back, Mark Antony promises that he will be inducted into the Evocati as a prefect of the first grade with a signing bonus of 10,000 sesterces. Vorenus does not accept the offer and Mark Antony is not happy.

Scene 7: Niobe sees a woman about her future. The soothsayer says that she is not sure, but that her secret is most likely safe. Niobe is not happy with this answer. The woman then adds that Niobe’s husband will be rich.

Scene 8: Slaves dress Atia. Similarly, Servilia is dressed by her slave woman. Servilia talks about her looks to make sure that she is still presentable for Caesar, after 8 years have gone by.

Scene 9: Caesar tells his messenger Posca “50,000 to each of the magistrate clerks” to buy their allegiance outright. The subpraetors get nothing, he said, so that they come begging. The messenger says, “the well will run dry soon”; Caesar shushes him and tells him to bother him later. Caesar meets his wife to escort her to Atia’s banquet.

Scene 10: Vorenus is stressing that no one will come to his Janus feast and Niobe tries to help comfort him. The Guest of Honor, Erastes Fulmen, arrives with his wife. Niobe’s sister arrives, and her husband is acting very nervously.

Scene 11: Atia enters her dinner party and surveys the rooms and guests. She greets Servilia condescendingly. Caesar walks surrounded by soldiers and lictors down the street to enter the house of Atia. The “proconsul Gaius Julius Caesar, son of Venus, imperator of the Gallic legions” wants his friends and the guests to feel comfortable, “despite where their allegiances may have been in the past.” He greets all the guests, and spends special time with Servilia.

Scene 12: Quintus with a band of Scythians, under the ruse of being an undertaker, ride on horses reach the city gates and are allowed to enter. Vorenus’s party grew and as they ate, he and the Erastes about who will win the fight between Pompey and Caesar. As the two men talk shop, the infant is screaming at the dinner table and both Niobe and her sister begin to feel very uncomfortable. Lyde rushes away from the table after her husband fusses over the baby. The guest of honor says that if Vorenus ever needs help with money to come to him.

Scene 13: Back at Atia’s party, Caesar and Mark Antony walk around with the chief augur, constantly pleasing him. Atia rides her children’s backs to participate in dinner conversations; both are reluctant, though Octavia quotes lines from Vergil’s Aeneid. Returning to Vorenus’s feast, there is a lot of dancing and Niobe’s sister is becoming very close with another man. Her husband tries to have her leave to prevent Vorenus from anything out. Drunk, the sister causes a scene. Niobe tries to help but only causes more trouble. Lyde and Evander knock over the altar, shattering the terracotta bust of Janus (a bad omen for new beginnings). Vorenus is upset.

Scene 14: Caesar corners the augur again and talks about his wife Cecilia, missing her birthday, and how he would like to give her a gift of a 100,000 HS. Antony joins the conversation and they all agree on a price. Caesar tells Posca to make a note of that 200,000 HS.

Scene 15: Niobe is cleaning up the mess after the party has ended. Vorenus takes this event as a bad omen and refuses to do anything. Vorenus says that Niobe’s sister and husband can never return and his wife agrees to this. The men that had been riding on horseback come into Vorenus’s neighborhood and declare themselves as the men of Quintus Pompey. He demands the gold but Vorenus does not know what he is talking about. The men take hold of Niobe as a hostage. Quintus again asks where the treasury gold is and Vorenus says he didn’t take this and that Quintus is misinformed. Quintus recounts the events that happened, but Vorenus still denies this. Titus Pullo arrives at the right time by a litter, throwing coins, with Eirene not knowing the situation he stepped into. Pullo tosses a bunch of coins up in the air to distract the men and fighting ensues. After Pullo and Vorenus defeat the men, Pullo explains that they should toss Quintus into the river, grab the gold and flee for Spain. Vorenus tells Pullo that he must give the money back and should give Quintus to Caesar as well. Pullo is not happy at first, but then agrees to the orders. He takes Quintus with him and leaves.

Scene 16: Posca whispers something in Caesar’s ear. He leaves the couches, as does Mark Antony. Caesar passes Servilia, who smiles, and Atia is very much annoyed that this happened. The two men go outside to find Pullo with a tied up Quintus. Eirene, no longer in her finery, cowers in the corner. Mark Antony is very excited to see Quintus. Caesar wants an explanation and Pullo begins to speak of what happened. Caesar asks where the gold is; Pullo says he buried the gold. Caesar is very pleased. Back inside, food is served with a show. Octavian comes outside and spies on the men talking. Caesar tells Quintus that he will send him back to his father for a truce. Mark Antony is very upset with this decision. Quintus says that his father doesn’t need a truce; Caesar says to put him on a horse. Inside, Atia approaches a sitting Servilia and begins talking about her relationship with Caesar, which she denies. Tied up, Quintus is sent on a horse with a letter through the city. Caesar tells Antony to take Pullo to find the gold and lets Pullo off the hook for being a crook. Octavian comes out from the shadows and begins talking to Caesar, telling his great uncle about how he would have agreed with Mark Antony. Caesar explains his strategy and Octavian catches on quickly. Caesar begins to praise him when he has an epileptic seizure. Posca asks Octavian for somewhere safe to hide him until he gets over his episode. Octavian takes him into a storeroom, where Demeter, the cook, sees them go into a room together. Posca helps Caesar pass his episode. Upstairs, everyone is watching an erotic dance. Octavia passes out. The slave woman listens close to the door and hears groans, which she interprets in the wrong way. Caesar makes Octavian promise to never speak of it. The slave woman only saw Octavian and Caesar leave the room. Caesar returns upstairs to his wife and they leave the party.

Scene 17: Caesar and his wife walk outside. She explains that she had a very nice time. Caesar tells her that he won’t be leaving the party just yet, saying he still has business to attend to. She leaves on a litter and he goes back into the house. Antony stands over the buried gold getting dug up by soldiers. Servilia paces around a room. Niobe and Vorenus lay in bed. Octavian watches his mother cry and tries to comfort her. Atia is upset that she is alone. Servilia sits and waits on a bed and eventually Caesar comes to her. They make out.

Scene 18: Pompey crumples a letter up. Cicero unfolds the letter and reads about Caesar’s terms for a truce, legal immunity and mutual disarmament. Cicero, Scipio, and Brutus think this idea is good; Pompey, Quintus, and Cato do not. Pompey, as consul, does not want to give power away. Brutus points out that Caesar is being pretty fair; Cicero thinks they should accept the offer; Cato ask if they realize the stratagem Caesar is using; Scipio thinks the truce would buy them more time. Pompey agrees with his son and doesn’t want to accept the offer.

Scene 19: As Vorenus is praying at the Janus an altar to make amends, Niobe meets with her sister’s husband, Evander, who begs of her to tell him that she loves Vorenus. If she does, he will go away, he promises. Pullo walks in on them talking and Niobe notices his entrance. She begins small talk with him to distract him from what he notices. Niobe shows hospitality towards Pullo offering him food and drink. Scene 20: At the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, Caesar is ready to hear about the auguries taken. The priest sends a messenger outside who then claps for fellow workers to release birds. The chief augur says that the auguries are good. One of the augurs signals the reading to the crowd outside, which starts cheering. Caesar grins.

 

 
Dramatis Personae
Lucius Vorenus

A fictional former soldier of the thirteenth legion who is embarking on a new business. He is very nervous about the prospective business.
Titus Pullo

A fictional former soldier in the thirteenth legion who helps prevent a fight from happening when he finds Quintus Pompey at Vorenus’s house. He is very fond of Eirene. He takes Quintus to Caesar and eventually digs up the gold for Mark Antony. At first accused as a thief by Caesar, he is later rewarded for preventing the gold from being taken by Pompey’s men.
Julius Caesar

A General who has infiltrated Rome, forced Pompey out of the city, and is looking for the city’s and the god’s approval of his actions. He does not want the Roman people to feel uncomfortable around him. He is still very fond of his former lover Servilia.
Pompey Magnus

General who is out of Rome because Caesar is in the city and is trying to defeat Caesar. He does not want a truce with Caesar when the letter is read.
atia

Caesar’s niece who is greatly jealous of his relationship with Servilia. She is very concerned about her son Octavian’s masculinity. Not one to miss out on improving her public image, she throws the dinner party for Caesar.
marc antony

Tribune who conspires with Caesar and is also Atia’s lover. He tries to recruit Vorenus again to the legions as an evocati. He disagrees with Caesar’s decision about dealing with Quintus Pompey, but soon understands why Caesar chose to do such.
brutus

A senator on Pompey’s side who favors the truce put forth by Caesar. He is also the son of Atia.
Servilia

Brutus’s mother and Caesar’s former lover who is very concerned about the potential rekindling of her love with Caesar.
Octavian

Atia’s son and Caesar’s great-nephew. He often does not want to do what his mother says to do, but will eventually end up doing it reluctantly. Caesar is his mentor and he tries to understand Caesar’s courses of action.
Posca

Caesar’s fictional messenger who helps plan his feast at Atia’s house and takes notes on what Caesar would like to do regarding the needed bribes of people.
Octavia

Atia’s son and Caesar’s great-niece who hates her mother because she suspects that she killed her husband. She relies a great deal on her brother for support and does not miss any attempt to embarrass her mother.
Glabius
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Cato

A senator on Pompey’s side who thinks the truce of Caesar is trying to separate the men on Pompey’s side.
Scipio
A senator on Pompey’s side who believes the truce put forth by Caesar will buy them more time.
Cicero

A senator on Pompey’s side who favors the truce produced by Caesar.
merula

Atia’s fictional slave-woman. She is present at Caesar’s dinner party, but never says much.
Newsreader

The fictional character who tells the city that martial law is in effect in the Forum.
Quintus Pompey
Gaius Pompey’s fictional son who helps find the republic’s gold. He arrives at the home of Vorenus to try to find out the information about the gold, but is soon overtaken by Pullo and is brought to Caesar. Caesar, however, does let him return to his father with a truce, but he despises the terms set forth.
Niobe
Vorenus’s fictional wife who is very supportive of him and tries to avoid revealing her secret of her baby with another man.
Castor
Atia’s fictional slave who helps plan Caesar’s feast and puts it together for his domina.
Chief Augur
The fictional augur who presides over Caesar’s request for auguries to be taken. He is easily persuaded by bribery at Caesar’s dinner party to give a favorable reading.
Vorena the Younger
Vorenus’s fictional daughter who assists in the preparations of her father’s Janus feast for the beginning of his business.
Cornelia
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Durio
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Drusilla
a fictional woman who helps cater the food for the Janus feast Vorenus is having.
Vorena the elder
Vorenus’s fictional daughter who helps hide her mother’s secret of the baby’s true background.
Cato the dwarf
Mark Antony’s fictional messenger who finds Vorenus to bring him back to Mark Antony.
Soothsayer
A fictional woman who tells Niobe of her future and how her secret is most likely safe.
Erastes Fulmen
the fictional character who is the Guest of Honor at Vorenus’s Janus feast. He deals with building trades and fire insurance.
Phyllis
Erastes Fulmen’s fictional wife who also attends Vorenus’s party.
Lyde
Niobe’s fictional sister who attends Vorenus’s party, gets rather drunk, is upset about the situation between her sister and her husband, and causes Vorenus’s dinner party to not end well.
Evander
Lyde’s fictional husband who is also the father of Niobe’s child. He is very nervous in the presence of Vorenus and Niobe and causes the Janus shrine to break at the feast.
Calpurnia
Caesar’s wife who is uncomfortable around the other women of Caesar’s circle.
Timon
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Eleni
Servilia’s fictional slave woman. She is very supportive of Servilia in her mission to get Caesar back.
Clarissa
Niobe’s fictional friend who helps prevent Vorenus from finding any information out about the child Niobe had with Evander. At the party, she persuades Evander to get Lyde and leave the party.
Announcer
the fictional man who is apart of Caesar’s posse. He announces Caesar’s arrival at his dinner party at Atia’s house.
Volpe
The fictional man who helps get Quintus Pompey through the city’s gates without his presence being known.
Eirene
a fictional slave-woman whom Pullo is in love with.
Cook
a fictional character who hears noises from the closet that Octavian and Caesar are in and suspects that they have a relationship.